Tuesday, 22 December 2009

We wish you a Merry Christmas...............Carolers.

The days are flying by and like me I guess you are all short of time and it's a bit of a hassle trying to get everything done?
On top of that yesterday I was feeling a little under the weather and so missed Mosaic Monday at Mary's for the first time in I don't know how long.
So, today I'm joining Tam @The Gypsy's Corner for 3 or More Tuesday and popping in on Susan's Deck the Halls meme @ Thoughts From Over The Rainbow.

I started collecting Byers Choice Carolers many years ago after admiring them in the home of an American friend who I met whilst living in Bavaria, Germany.
I began by assembling my Salvation Army Band which I discovered in a beautiful Christmas shop in Windsor, Berkshire.
Then whenever I came across the Carolers, whilst on vacation in the States, I would always buy "a couple" from the Victorian shoppers range.
Family and friends soon caught on and before long I was receiving Carolers as Christmas gifts,. One year I received the flickering lamp post, under which the Salvation Army gathers every year.
On a trip to Colonial Williamsburg I found the Carolers which represent colonial times and so began another collection. Tavern keeper, his wench (!) and a pair of travelling musicians, where will it all end?


  1. I've always admired these carolers but never bought any -- it's a great collection! I envy yours!

  2. Your home is truly has the Christmas spirit right down to your wonderful collection of Christmas Carolers..
    Merry Christmas Maggie.

  3. Maggie,
    What a wonderful collection. And how nice that your friends and family have added to the collection over the years.
    I haven't forgotten about the picture holders...I have two weeks off work now and will have some quality "studio" time after Christmas. E-mail me your address when you have a chance and your little gift will be arriving after the holidays.
    Have a wonderful holiday. I have really enjoyed getting to know you through our blogs.

  4. Maggie, My MIL gave us a some carolers a couple of years ago. My favorites are the children. Your collection is wonderful.
    Merry Christmas to you!!

  5. Maggie,

    I never collected the Carolers but I think I will pick up a few for next year. I have just the spot where they would love to sing!


  6. One of my sisters gave me a few carolers a while back. Not Salvation army ones but very cute with natural colors and old fashioned clothing. I get many compliments on them.
    Merry Christmas.

  7. Oh I love these carolers, Maggie. Merry Christmas to you and your family!...Christine

  8. Love the carolers - thanks for sharing them with us. Great job on the mosaic.

  9. What a fabulous collection of carolers. Your home is so festive.

    Merry Christmas!


  10. How fun to have started a collection of these wonderful carolers, Maggie! You created some nice mosaics, also. I seem to be mosaic impaired, as I cannot manage to make one! Not a fancy one, that is. I can barely make a simple one w/a plain background. LOL Thanks for your visit to my snowmen table and hutch. Have a Merry Christmas! ~ Sue

  11. Amazing collection ya have there Maggie girl! I loved looking at the happy little carolers. Thanks!

    God bless and have a wonderful Christmas sweet lady!

  12. The Byers Choice carolers are wonderful designs. They really evoke the spirit of Christmas cheer!

    May you enjoy a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones,

    My link:

  13. What a fun collection! Have a great Christmas, Maggie!

  14. HOw beautiful they are Maggie. I have never seen the carolers before but I Hope I can see them somewhere around here too. So lovely.
    Merry Christmas

  15. What wonderful collections! I have never seen the Salvation Army carolers, they are so neat! You will have to keep us posted as you continue your collections. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

  16. My favorites are the Salvation Army carolers. Although we don't belong to the Salvation Army, many other churches send volunteers to help ring the bell at the kettle. My husband and I rang the bell many years. It was a lot of fun and really made you get into the real Christmas spirit.

    I like how you have them displayed on your window sill.

  17. Your collection of carolers is great. Have you seen the new ones this year? They are so life like.. I love all the candy their holding. I've enjoyed my tour of your wonderful carolers. Thank you for stopping by to say hello. Please pop in any 'ole time.. from our home to yours a Very Merry Christmas.. hugs ~lynne~

  18. Oh, those are soooo wonderful! I've never seen any of the Salvation Army band. How cool is that?! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!


  19. Maggie, I've always admired these. You have a wonderful collection. I know they look stunning in your beautifully decorated home each Christmas.
    Hope you are feeling better!
    Christmas hugs, my friend! ~ Sarah

  20. Where will it end indeed? With an impressive collection, at least!

    I hope you and your family have a Joyeux Noel!

    I'm glad I found your blog this year.

  21. We've been selling the Byer's Choice Carolers at our store. You've got quite the collection! They're lovely. You should add the piano, fireplace or staircase. It's all if you can find the room, right? Buddy would like to play with Mr. Ben in the snow, but only for a few minutes. He's pretty acclimated to Southern California's weather. His paws would freeze! Have a very happy New Year Maggie!

    Karen @ Elderberry Street

  22. Maggie, I am way behind. Do hope you are feeling better! We had lots of company. I like your Carolers very much, you do a great job displaying them.

    Take care.

  23. What a fabulous collection! I know what you mean with the "where will it all end." LOL I've thought that before when I started a collection. :-) These really are special...loved seeing how you have your displayed!
    Happy New Year, Maggie!


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